This is a great dish for summer or a picnic as it is very easy to transport. The recipe serves about 4, but could be easily doubled. Best of all, it is made ahead and ready to go at meal time. And of course, it is naturally gluten free. As always, if you have to […]

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Road trip!!

Are you planning a road trip with children?

Here are a few things to keep the kids entertained and hopefully avoid the dreaded, “Are we there yet” questions .

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Try these awesome ways to get the kids involved.

I’m of my mom friends said, she made a travel binder for her then 6 yr old last summer. They drove to Florida. She had maps printed with their route highlighted every day. He loved being able to follow along. And then she printed out free road trip games from online. Put them in sheet protectors so we used dry erase markers on them. (License plate game, bingo, tic tac toe, battle ship, etc).I

Make busy bags

Busy bags and activities are a great way to keep kids unplugged, but for a change of pace, try these games I remember from my own childhood that require zero supplies.
  • Count the cows- this game is simple. Count the cows in the fields on your side of the road. If you pass a graveyard, your cows die and you have to start over. You can end the game either when one person gets to a certain number of cows, when you get to your destination, or when you get tired of playing.
  • Abc game- take turns finding letters on road signs on your side of the road. You must go in order.
  • Quaker Meeting (aka the quiet game) – I’m not sure if my mom made this up to get a little peace- but the object of the game is to see who can stay quiet the longest.
  • Rhyming- Sometimes we just take turns rhyming and see how many we can come up with in a row. Or make up new silly lyrics to our favorite songs.
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Also don’t skimp on Snacks, Water and more Snacks!

We always make sure to stock up on some of our favorite snacks.  Don’t forget to take plenty of water.  This is some that we find travel travel well: string cheese, rice cakes, pretzels, bagels, sandwiches, carrots, apple slices, bananas, crackers with cheese or nut butter, granola bars, cookies, raisins, dry cereal, jerky, and pop corn snacks.

Remember to relax and enjoy the journey.  Barf happens! So be prepared. Gallon zip lock veggies and disinfecting wipes are strongly suggested.

Maintain your chill and be flexable!

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If you are on the fence about taking a vacation let me say, GO! They are your vacation days. Take them. Spend time with your family. Unplug and go. There are only so many summers when your kids will be little. They are growing up and you need to make memories.

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So go make memories. Good or bad they will be the things you will talk about for years and years to come.

I can’t wait to hear about your road trips!

Thanks Pamela

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#roadtrips, #travelwithkids, #travel , #traveltips

Posted in Organizing

Let that stuff go!

Your kids are growing up before your eyes.  You only get 18 summers with them before they go off on their own.  (Maybe)   Time is SHORT!!!!

The thing I want to say to you is to LET THAT STUFF GO!  Today we are well and rocking our lives along but what if you got news that in 20 days you live would change drastically!  Your loved one might be diagnosed with a terminal disease or you might be in a fatal automobile accident.  You never know when or of your grand plans will be recalculated and changed in a moment.  map-rgyglpwwjb0-richard-tilney-bassett

I tell you to be organized because you have better things to do than search for stuff.  Play with your kids when they are young, enjoy your grandkids, or walk the dog.  Spend time with your family, your spouse, your friends.  You don’t have a guarantee.  Don’t wait to do it now.A photo by Leo Rivas-Micoud. unsplash.com/photos/R_BLOGXpsOg

Cook dinner and use your good china or don’t.  In our house, the good china is Chinet® disposable plates.  Why?  Because we don’t want to spend time washing dishes when the family is all together.

If you are holding on the stuff.  Why?  Let it go.  Don’t sacrifice space that you need for stuff you don’t.

You hear the news every day of how lives are changed in an instant but you think that is sad but still, it’s not you, or it’s not your family.  It might be.   I want you all to stop today and think about this post.  dog-with-ball-oh9auo20kbk-andrew-pons

Go out and have a good day!  Smile at a stranger and be nice.

Thanks Pamela

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#letitgo #seizetheday #bepresent

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How to organize all the stuff you kids bring home from school.

Now that school is almost out for the summer,  you know it’s going to happen…

Last day of school they will bring home papers, art projects and test papers. It may have already started and you have to decide what you are going to do with them.A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

Of course almost every parent’s refrigerator is an art gallery. But want about giving their masterpieces a more prominent place? You can use clipboard and create a gallery wall that are easily changeable. You can read more about using clipboards to create art galleries from Houzz.com. click here

Or Love Grows Wild shows you how to make rustic but elegant clipboard frames http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/diy-photo-clipboards/

There are lots of amazing ways to display your children’s artwork out there all you have to do it look.

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Another fabulous option that answers the question of what to do with all the treasures they bring home every day.

SCAN or snap a digital photo of them.

Set up a digital photo frame for each of your children.

Digital frames can now share photos without a computer. It connects to the Internet via phone line to download new pictures and information to display on the screen. Basic digital frames have internal memory and just a USB port; some can use a memory chip. They are not complicated to load your pictures on. The most basic digital picture frames contain a certain amount of internal memory and a USB port. You simply connect the frame to a computer via USB and the frame shows up looking like a flash drive, and then drag and drop images to the frame until the memory is full.

You can enjoy their treasures every day and not have lots of clutter – Bonus.

The grandparents love getting these.

Give them a digital photo frame for each of your children.  We have given our parents a digital frame from each of us. That way they can update our photos and share our candid pictures with them on a regular basis. We just load the flash drive and sent it to them.

Grandparents, parents and siblings appreciate getting more pictures from you and that they don’t have to find a place for a new frame.

If you choose not to go digital you can set up albums, boxes or folders for your children. At the end of the year you can choose the best or your favorites and have them made into a book.child_scribble_age_1y10m

What are your thoughts? Digital or hard copy? Really it does not matter as long as you organize them and make sure you give your kids the proper amount of ooohs and ahhhs.

Thanks Pamela

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Teachers and end of school

I have spoken with many teachers and here is what they want you to know.  gift annie-spratt-96529

“Don’t buy us mugs!  We have way too many.  Also don’t buy us picture frames, hair clips, and other kitschy stuff.  We enjoy gift cards.  Lunch or coffee would be great.  Also, we spend lots of our own money on school supplies for your children so gift cards for supplies would be wonderful.  (Walmart, staples or even the local grocery store).”thank you card aaron-burden-211846.jpg

Teachers said getting gift cards was their best gift and if they got gift cards for school supplies it was equal to getting a raise.  They work tirelessly for your children and all that I spoke to love their work.  Your children’s handmade stuff is great but each year they have 9 to 26 students.  Think about if every year you got a mug or handmade gift from that many people you would be overwhelmed too.  Right?  Think about what would you do with that?  Where would you keep it?

I work with teachers to help them control their clutter the same as I work with you to help you.  We find that they struggle with letting go of clutter so if you add to their clutter you are not helping.

You don’t have to keep every gift.  Remember if you don’t need it, like it, use it let it go.

Have a great day!!  Who was your most memorable teacher?

Thanks Pamela

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#teachers #teacherappreciationweek #lessismore #giftcards

Posted in Organizing

Happy Friday, today is National Get Organized Day!!

Finally.. get organized day!!

 

Are you ready to throw down the gauntlet?

Are you still struggling with how to start getting organized?

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Hoarded living room, Essex.

Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter?

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to determine where to start. Looking around your home you know there is clutter. Where do you start, should it be in the Kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom or how about the kid’s room? It can be overwhelming and so you just don’t do anything.

I’m here to tell you that you can add control to your chaos. You will find that if you are organized it will make you feel so much better when you walk in the door of your home. More importantly, when you leave you can find your keys. Knowing where things are will save you time. More time that you can spend with your family or just doing something that you enjoy.

Here is the deal. It does not matter where you start.

Today I am going to help you kick start the process of decluttering.

“Big things have small beginnings” Prometheus

This is a super easy way to start. Are you ready?Veri Ivanova-stopwatch-photo-1431499012454-31a9601150c9.jpg

Take the 3 Things Challenge:

Go running through your home and grab THREE things that you don’t need and throw them away. Pick any room and any three things.

Run now, run like the wind.

PS – Do not trip over your cat, dog or guinea pig.

Also, do not throw away your pets-unless they are of the rock variety.

Do this once a week. Small steps have big results.Globe in the trash 298390093_9b7198f34d_z

Ta-Da! You have now started and you can Bee Organized.

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#family, #challenge, #letitgo #Organized, #clutter #getorganzed

 

 

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